Trump not backing down on 'spy' allegations

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President Donald Trump is twisting the words of his predecessor's national intelligence director as part of his stepped-up effort to trash the credibility of the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation.

President Donald Trump is mounting an increasingly aggressive attack on investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, charging that the Obama Administration actively spied on his campaign.

A slim majority (53 percent) of the Americans polled said they believe special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election is politically motivated. Trump and his supporters are running with the more dramatic version of events, with the President even making an unprecedented "demand" that the Justice Department investigate the matter. "There's a big concealment that went on here for over a year since the president said he had been surveilled".

The first of Thursday's meetings was originally intended for two Republicans, Nunes and Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy.

The back and forth between Congress and the Justice Department has simmered for weeks. They did nothing. They were anxious that Trump refused to divest himself of his businesses or release his tax returns or health information.

"I can't understand why it is inappropriate for White House counsel to be there".

Schiff pointed to comments Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani made to Politico on Thursday, in which Giuliani said: "We want to see how the briefing went. today and how much we learned from it". After the meetings, which included Justice Department, FBI officials, congressional leaders from both parties and Democratic and Republican leaders of the intelligence committees, Democrats said they saw no evidence to support Republican allegations that the FBI acted inappropriately.

TRUMP tweet: "Clapper has now admitted that there was Spying in my campaign".

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"'Everyone knows there was a Spy, and in fact the people who were involved in the Spying are admitting that there was a Spy".

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence committee, said the meeting on the classified information had not changed his view that the FBI followed proper procedures during their investigation.

Sean Hannity ripped former FBI Director James Comey over a tweet that itself took a veiled shot at President Donald Trump. Experts who have studied autocrats around the world for the past 30 years have identified four common tactics used by autocrats to attack the societal structure in which they reside to sure up their political hold on power. In 2016, he alleged that President Barack Obama for "wiretapping" Trump Tower, an assertion for which the Department of Justice later said in a court filing there was no evidence. Trump demanded the investigation be investigated - a frightening precedent. And the White House said Kelly would organize the meeting with House lawmakers to discuss the documents, although he and other White House staffers would not be present. The request for the latest documents are the latest in a series of subpoenas to the Justice Department for sensitive information.

Giuliani said Sunday that he doesn't believe the alleged informant was being protected, calling the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice "a little hypocritical".

From the candidate whose campaign brought us "alternative facts", we now have Trump and his allies repeating "No collusion" and "Mueller has been probing long enough" and "The real collusion was between Hillary Clinton and the Russians", among other alternative history.

The White House had initially said that the Democrats had not formally requested to take part in the briefing, despite calls from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer for the meeting to be bipartisan.

Yes, that's the president of the United States, "hereby demanding" an investigation into the investigation of him, and along with it an investigation into his political enemies.

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